the first app i downloaded when i discovered i was pregnant was what to expect: pregnancy, from the what to expect when you're expecting lot. it's one of the most well known pregnancy books, so i figured the app would be a mine of useful information and practical advice.
how wrong i was.
while the 'tracker' tab offers a useful enough reminder of exactly where you're up to in your pregnancy, and the ubiquitous fruit-to-baby comparison that i admittedly make use of on this blog, it doesn't have any unique features that can't be found elsewhere.
and it's all downhill form there.
the 'weekly' information tab offers general information about where mother and baby are up to - milestones and suchlike. while some of this information is interesting, most of it is extremely generic, and presented in such a patronizing tone that it's enough to make me shudder. there is a huge amount of fat-phobia, and gender stereotyping worked in as well, which is pretty offensive.
then we come to the daily updates, which i have come to call my "advent calendar of fail".
each day, in the 'daily' tab you get a little one-page piece of advice or information. this sounds like a great idea, but unfortunately, the writers of the app didn't bother to come up with enough content to make each day's offering unique. you only have to read every day for a week to notice that much of the information is rehashed and recycled from previous days, and the whole thing starts to get samey very quickly.
the information given makes gross gender stereotypes, assuming that women are interested in nothing but food (or more specifically, how not to eat too much of it), fat, going to the gym, and our appearance. the occasional "for dad" pages, are even more offensive than the rest. first they make the assumption that all pregnant women are partnered with a man, and they go on to talk to that generic 'man' as though he is a moron with no empathy, insight, or genuine interest in what his partner is experiencing. i've put two classics below, just to show you that i'm really not exaggerating:
"she doesn't let her job, other kids, or leisure pursuits to occupy her mind! all she thinks about is her body, and how horrible it is to be fat. so you'd better stop calling her 'lardy-mcporkarse' or she'll never stop crying."
"look, guys, i know seeking consent is boring, but you're going to have to suck it up while she's pregnant, ok? try to contain your manly urges even if those giant norks are making you think she's asking for it."
the 'photos' tab is just for storing your own photos of your belly or your ultrasounds, which i tend to do elsewhere anyway (i.e. here!), and the 'forums' tab is a self-promoting link to their own website's forums.
i wouldn't recommend this app to anyone, unless they enjoy laughing bitterly at ignorance and idiocy.